Feedback on learning and assessment
You will be working very closely with your supervisory team and they will be providing regular informal and more formal feedback throughout your DPhil career. Within the NDM, students should meet with their supervisors at least once a fortnight, on average, across a year.
Upon arrival in the Department, each student should be allocated at least two supervisors; a primary supervisor within the Department and a second supervisor who will give additional support independently or in conjunction with, the first.
Each student will also have a Thesis Committee, consisting of two other academics who can provide a reference point for the student and guidance where needed additional to the core support given by the direct supervisory team. The Thesis Committee should meet once in the student’s first term at Oxford, to discuss the project, and at this meeting the student and the two advisors who are members of the Thesis Committee will be joined by the supervisor(s). The Thesis Committee will meet again for transfer of status,but this time without the supervisor; and a final time for confirmation of status, again without the supervisor(s) being present. However, a Thesis Committee can additionally meet whenever might be useful for a student and/or their supervisor(s).
You will be asked to submit a termly online progress report via Student Self Service.
Your self assessment report will be complemented by your supervisors own report on your performance in the current reporting period, and any concerns they have. GSR will alert you by email when your supervisor or DGS has completed your report and it is available for you to view.
Use this opportunity to:
- Review and comment on your academic progress during the current reporting period
- Measure your progress against the timetable and requirements of your programme of study
- Identify skills developed and training undertaken or required (within the self-assessment report for taught programmes, and via the TNA form in GSR for research programmes)
- List your engagement with the academic community
- Raise concerns or issues regarding your academic progress to your supervisor
- Outline your plans for the next term (where applicable)
Students and supervisors are reminded that having a positive student-supervisor relationship is an important factor in student success. Research suggests that one of the strongest predictors of postgraduate completion is having expectations met within the student-supervisor relationship.
Examination regulations for this course are covered by Research Degrees in the Medical Sciences Division.
Good academic practice and avoiding plagiarism
You should familiarise yourself with the following documents and resources at the start of your course:
- The University's code of practice concerning academic integrity of which the Academic good practice guide a practical guide PDF document is very useful.
- Research integrity
- As an NDM student, you must take the online course 'Avoiding Plagiarism 1: Oxford University certification course'
- By following the citation principles and practices in place in your subject area, you will develop a rigorous approach to academic referencing and avoid inadvertent plagiarism. Cases of apparently deliberate plagiarism, while happily infrequent in the University, are taken extremely seriously, and where examiners suspect that this has occurred, they bring the matter to the attention of the Proctors. Your attention is drawn to the Student's Handbook (section 7.7)